Bashar Assad

  • UN: Syria crimes evidence 'indicates Assad role 02-12-2013 11:40 PM

    A growing body of evidence collected by UN investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN's top human rights official said on Monday. Navi Pillay, who heads the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human...
  • What it took to get a TV interview with Syria's President Bashar Assad 11-09-2013 06:33 PM

    CBS News had essentially given up its pursuit of Syrian President Bashar Assad for an interview because he would not agree to go on "60 Minutes," until Charlie Rose suggested airing it on the non-profit Public Broadcasting Service. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who accompanied Rose to Damascus last weekend,...
  • Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria 09-09-2013 05:49 PM

    Washington: Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned there will be "repercussions" against any US military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack in his country. "You should expect everything," Assad said in an interview with CBS taped in Damascus. "Not necessarily from the government. It's not only the...
  • Lingering doubts over Syria gas attack evidence 08-09-2013 01:32 PM

    Beirut: The U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the American public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence - no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications - connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack...
  • Obama seeks Syria support from former foe McCain 02-09-2013 05:02 PM

    Washington:President Barack Obama is inviting Senator John McCain to the White House, hoping his foe in the 2008 presidential election will help sell the idea of a US military intervention in Syria to a nation deeply scarred by more than a decade of war. Having announced over the weekend that...
  • When to strike: Tense decisions for Obama on Syria 28-08-2013 11:13 AM

    Washington: The launch of a highly anticipated strike on Syria could make for awkward timing. Few doubt that President Barack Obama is preparing for a U.S-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government. But...
  • Despite turmoil, Syria regime feels new confidence 25-08-2013 02:00 AM

    The signs would seem bad for President Bashar Assad. Blasts echo all day long over the Syrian capital as troops battle rebels entrenched on its eastern doorstep. The government admits the economy is devastated. Allegations of a horrific chemical attack have given new life to calls for international action against...
  • Car bomb in Damascus suburb kills 18 07-08-2013 01:06 AM

    Syrian state media say a car bomb has struck in a Damascus suburb, killing at least 18 people and wounding 56. The news agency SANA says the powerful blast hit the Syrian capital's suburb of Jaramana late on Tuesday. The suburb is an overwhelmingly pro-regime district located just a few...
  • New Iranian president vows support for Syria's Assad 05-08-2013 06:29 AM

    Beirut: Iran's new president has expressed his country's support to Syria's embattled leader Bashar Assad's regime, saying no force in the world will be able to shake their decades-old alliance. Hasan Rouhani's comments came as Syrian troops and rebels fought some of the fiercest battles in the mountains of the...
  • Rocket fired from Lebanon towards Israel 27-05-2013 10:56 AM

    Beirut: A rocket was fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported. The news agency said the rocket was fired on Sunday from a location near the southern town of Marjayoun, about 10 kilometers north of the Israeli border. It was not immediately clear who fired...
  • Israeli airstrikes on Syria prompt threats, anger 06-05-2013 06:19 AM

    Beirut: Israel rushed to beef up its rocket defenses on its northern border on Sunday to shield against possible retaliation after carrying out two airstrikes in Syria over 48 hours - an unprecedented escalation of Israeli involvement in the Syrian civil war. Syria and its patron Iran hinted at possible...
  • Tension escalates after Israel warplanes strike Syria 05-05-2013 09:16 PM

    Beirut: Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital on Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, officials and activists said. The attack, the second in three days...
  • Syrian Prime Minister survives Damascus bombing, 6 die 29-04-2013 08:10 PM

    Beirut: Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus on Monday, state media and activists said, as rebels struck in the heart of President Bashar al-Assad's capital. Six people were killed in the blast, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the latest...
  • NATO needs plan for Syrian chemical weapons, says Kerry 24-04-2013 07:28 AM

    Brussels: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged NATO on Tuesday to prepare for the possible use of chemical weapons by Syria on the same day that a senior Israeli military intelligence official said Syrian President Bashar Assad had used such weapons in March 2013 in his battle against insurgents....
  • US weighing military action if Syria uses WMD 04-12-2012 12:50 PM

    Washington: The White House and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria's chemical and biological weapons, after US intelligence reports show the Syrian regime may be readying those weapons and may be desperate enough to use them, US officials said. President Barack Obama warned Syrian President Bashar Assad...
  • 2 days of Syria violence leave 150 dead 21-12-2011 01:36 AM

    Beirut: Security forces pursuing anti-government activists and army defectors shot dead at least 47 people in Syria on Tuesday, pushing the toll for two days of violence to nearly 150 even as the regime prepared to allow in foreign monitors under an Arab League plan aimed at stopping the bloodshed....
  • Syrian death toll now at over 5,000: UN 13-12-2011 11:27 AM

    United Nations: Over 5000 people have been killed in Syria's violent crackdown against protesters, the UN rights chief has told the Security Council, recommending that the regime of President Bashar-al Assad be referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay...
  • Syria violence surges as UN calls for protection 03-12-2011 08:58 AM

    Beirut: The United Nations' human rights chief called on the international community to protect Syrian civilians on Friday as violence surged across the country, with hours of intense shooting that sent stray bullets whizzing across the border. The new bloodshed came as activists reported a grim milestone in the 8-month-old...
  • Syria now in a civil war with 4000 dead: UN 02-12-2011 03:43 AM

    Beriut: Syria has entered a state of civil war with more than 4,000 people dead and an increasing number of soldiers defecting from the army to fight President Bashar Assad's regime, the UN's top human rights official said on Thursday. Civil war has been the worst-case scenario in Syria since...
  • Syria buries security forces as sanctions loom 27-11-2011 02:49 AM

    Beirut: Syria buried 22 members of the armed forces on Saturday, including six elite pilots, as the government reinforced its message that the 8-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad is the work of terrorists and foreign agents, not patriotic Syrians seeking reform. But with no sign of violence abating, an...
  • Pressure mounts as Syria misses observer deadline 25-11-2011 09:58 PM

    Beirut: The Syrian military vowed on Friday to "cut every evil hand that targets Syrian blood," saying recent attacks on elite security forces marked a dangerous escalation in the country's 8-month-old crisis. The defiant statement signaled the country's violence is worsening as President Bashar Assad tries to quash the most...
  • France recalls Syria ambassador, violence grows 17-11-2011 02:05 AM

    Beirut: France recalled its ambassador to Damascus on Wednesday as Syrian President Bashar Assad came under increasing pressure from home and abroad, with army defectors killing at least eight soldiers in a daring attack on the military. French Ambassador Eric Chevallier was ordered home in the wake of recent attacks...
  • Syria faces growing pressure to halt bloodshed 15-11-2011 01:28 AM

    Beirut: Jordan's King Abdullah told Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Monday he should step down and the European Union added pressure with more sanctions after the Arab League's surprise decision to suspend Damascus for its violent crackdown on protests. Syria looks ever more isolated, but still has the support of...
  • Syrian security forces fire on rallies, killing 30 29-10-2011 10:24 AM

    Beirut: Syrian security forces opened fire on Friday on protesters and hunted them down in house-to-house raids, killing about 30 people in the deadliest day in weeks in the country's 7-month-old uprising, activists said. The popular revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime has proved remarkably resilient, with protests erupting...
  • Syrian forces fire on rallies, killing 30 28-10-2011 11:10 PM

    Beirut: Syrian security forces killed about 30 people on Friday as mass protests erupted calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad's regime, activists said. It was the highest death toll in weeks stemming from the 7-month-old uprising. Much of the bloodshed happened after the protests had ended and security...
  • Turkey PM compares Syrian leader to Gaddafi 18-08-2011 12:47 AM

    Beirut: Turkey's prime minister compared Syria's president to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday, as Damascus defied international calls to end the crackdown on a 5-month-old uprising. President Bashar Assad has unleashed tanks, ground troops and snipers in an attempt to retake control in rebellious areas. The military assault has escalated...
  • Syrians call for Assad's death; 14 killed 13-08-2011 01:03 AM

    Beirut: Tens of thousands of Syrian protesters shouted for President Bashar Assad's death on Friday in a dramatic escalation of their rage and frustration, defying bullets and rooftop snipers after more than a week of intensified military assaults on rebellious cities, activists and witnesses said. Security forces killed at least...